ATR2500-USB

Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

MSRP* US$99.00
Lifetime Limited End-user Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview


    Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use, the ATR2500-USB plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. This large-diaphragm side-address condenser offers a USB output for recording to your computer, a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear.
  • Features


    • Side-address condenser microphone with USB output for easy connection to your computer

    • Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use

    • Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone

    • Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the front of the microphone

    • High-quality AD convertor with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate

    • Compatible with Windows and Mac

    • Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response

    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Low self-noise – ideally suited for digital recording equipment

    • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely to the supplied tripod or to a conventional microphone stand

    • Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use

    • Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance

    • USB cable included


  • Specifications

    ELEMENTCondenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE30 – 15,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    VOLUME CONTROLHeadphone volume controlled by up/down buttons
    WEIGHT366 g (12.9 oz)
    DIMENSIONS155.0 mm (6.10") long,
    50.0 mm (1.97") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER10 mW @ 16 ohms
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDPivoting stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 1.8 m (5.9') mini USB cable



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  • Downloads

    ATR2500-USB Manual (pdf 1.00 M)
    ATR2500-USB FCC DOC (pdf 162.83 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
     
    2.9

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Voiceover/dialog (8)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Film/video production (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Podcast (5)

    Cons

    • Not durable (4)
    • Unreliable (4)

    Best Uses

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great sound, super simple setup

    First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

    I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the...Read complete review

    First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

    I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find.

    I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only).

    After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC.

    This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect.

    It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level.

    I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background.

    Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality.

    I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs.

    I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement.

    In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio.

    In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work.

    Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing.

    I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Would recomend investing in something else.

    The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that...Read complete review

    The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

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    4.0

    This is everything you will need

    By 

    from Småland

    Pros

    • Bang for the buck
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Maximum decibel input level is low

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

      You can't scream into this microphone from close distance, otherwise the audio quailty is fantastic and can be compared to the AT2020. The only reason not to buy this would be if you want more flexibility with an xlr mic. Oterwise there is no reason to buy any other usb mic than this one. A lot of people complain about the build quality which I have has no problem with. The stand is not good, but you can just get a boom arm, and besides, the stand does work.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Computer
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Intermediate
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This microphone is one of the worst. Bad quality. DO NOT BUY

      By 

      from San Francisco, California

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

        HORRIBLE. DO NOT BUY! LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Live Sound
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Expert
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
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        5.0

        love this mic, and all audio tech really

        By 

        from greenville sc

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

          love this product. please make more mic's like this one.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Videographer
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Expert
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
           
          1.0

          Stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz

          By 

          from Canada

          Pros

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

              Microphone was fine for awhile. Now recently it has stopped picking up frequencies above 600-800 Hz.

              In the attached image you can see the spectrum for a voice clip I recorded. (Played back in foobar2000)

              It sounds extremely muffled, like I'm speaking through a door.

              Hoping AT will stand behind their warranty.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Computer
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Intermediate
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Up to a year
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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Would recomend investing in something else.

              By 

              from Boston, MA

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Limited Functions
              • Pricey / Poor Value
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                The Pros here really don't outweigh the cons. This product has poor durability, so bad that I think the one that I bought was manufactured improperly. I'm not exaggerating when I say that after 4 months of light usage, the stand provided with the microphone literally broke at every joint. When I opened it up, I was confused as to why the setup didn't work properly, but then I realized that the grooves inside the base of the microphone weren't cut deep enough to screw into stand, so it had to be balanced very precariously on my desk whenever I used it. The flickering blue light is a bit irritating, and was inconsistent when recognizing whether or not the device was functioning at any given time. The USB 2.0 type B port in the base that was used to connect microphone to the cable ended up putting the mic out of usage when the prongs in the port ended up bending after being plugged in. I got the port repaired, but unfortunately, now no device will even recognize the microphone as a microphone. The Microphone promised limited interference, but the only way to prevent it from being overwhelmingly present in my recordings was to put a stocking over the Mic, or to use a pop screen. The sound quality is generally good, but I could easily find it in another product for cheaper. It was easy enough to use, but what with all the problems I encountered, I wouldn't even recommend this product to someone new to recording.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Studio Musician
                • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                • Intermediate
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Over a year
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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Wow Just Wow But

                By 

                from New York

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                  I love it but the stand breaks way to easy ive been trying to fix mine i really was expecting it to have a better stand

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Computer
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • Expert
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Less than a month
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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Very sensitive to noise

                  By 

                  from London, England

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Falls easily
                  • Sensitive to noises
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                    This mic was bought to do gaming commentaries on for my YouTube channel. I thought it looked like a good mic but if you just raise your voice it like cuts off the sound. Also the mic is way to heavy for the stand. It always tips over. Horrible mic. I should return it

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Film/Video Production
                    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                    • Intermediate
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Microphone for Price

                    By 

                    from North Carolina, USA

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Film/Video Production

                    Cons

                    • none at all.

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                      For $100, this is an excellent microphone. It doesn't have as many features as the $300-$600 ones though. I have used this microphone for almost 2 years. I use this is a YouTube recording studio setup, and it does everything I need it to. It works with Windows and Mac very cleanly. All I had to do was plug it in, enable it in the settings, and it worked great. There is no static in the background of the audio. Great microphone and audio quality. I highly recommend this mic.

                      The mic is very sensitive to clicks and taps on a desk, so I use a microphone stand and pop filter to keep it from picking up on every mouse and keyboard click.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Novice
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Studio
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      Great sound, super simple setup

                      By 

                      from New Jersey

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Excellent sound quality
                      • very easy setup
                      • Voiceover/Dialog

                      Cons

                      • blinding blue led light

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                        First off, read the manual before you plug in the microphone. It only takes a couple of minutes.

                        I'm using a Win7 laptop with an SSD, which means that it's the quietest computer that I can find.

                        I am using this microphone for voiceovers for videos and for future studio use (voice only).

                        After reading the instructions, I attached the microphone to a mic stand, ran the cable from the microphone to my PC.

                        This is a substantial microphone in terms of size and weight. Not massive, but it's larger and heavier than you would expect.

                        It took about 30 seconds for Win7 to recognize the mic and install the drivers. I adjusted the microphone level.

                        I did a test reading for about 20 seconds, but the mic was reversed. Stupid me! It picked up my voice and the TV in the background.

                        Test reading two. Turned off the TV, turned around the mic and was very impressed by the sound quality.

                        I'm recording directly into Sony Sound Forge v9.0D and have found it to meet my needs.

                        I don't plan on using the mini-tripod. I will use a mic stand so when I do my voiceovers, I can stand and move my arms and have some freedom of movement.

                        In the attached photo, I've left plenty of slack at the USB connector, and I used Velcro to keep the cord against the mic stand pole. I also replaced the original USB cable with one that is about 12 feet long, which lets me move my laptop far out of the range of the audio.

                        In my test audio, you can hear the dog playing with his squeaky toy. He will be removed from the room during actual voiceover work.

                        Dislikes: The extremely bright blue LED. I slipped a label maker label over it. You can still see the blue, but it doesn't blind you. I tried the headphone jack. I need to do some more testing.

                        I want a longer USB cable to move it further from my computer. I replaced it with a much longer cable.

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Intermediate
                        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                        • Other
                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Less than a month
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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Amazing Product for Beginners!

                        By 

                        from Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Field Recording
                        • Film/Video Production
                        • great beginner mic!
                        • Guitar
                        • Podcast
                        • Vocals

                        Cons

                        • loose cord

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone:

                          This product is great for anyone who's looking for a cheap but good quality mic!! I been using it for awhile now and I don't regret spending my money on it!

                          However there is times that the mic cord has a hard time but betides that everything is just amazing!

                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                          • Intermediate
                          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                          • Computer
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                          • Up to a year
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                          • Q:

                            Should you be able to use this microphone with the built in camera/recording software on a Windows computer? Or does it require the download of separate software?
                            Asked on 5/20/2016 by Gin

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              The ATR2500-USB uses the stock USB Audio Driver provided by Microsoft or Apple. It does not require any special downloads. The user would, however, need to user Recording Software if they intend to record. A good/free program to consider is Audacity. Both the operating system's sound properties and any other software/programs used (be it recording software like Audacity, or chat software like Skype) would need to have its sound properties configured for proper operation.

                              If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                              audio-solutions@atus.com

                              Thanks!

                              Answered on 5/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                          • Q:

                            Will this work with my 2016 model ps4 with no drivers needed?
                            Asked on 5/15/2016 by Joe

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. No, this will not work.

                              Answered on 5/16/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                          • Q:

                            I need a table mount for the ATR 2500. What can I use?
                            Asked on 4/30/2016 by SharonsVoice from Fort Lee, NJ

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The ATR2500-USB comes with the stand. If you need another one, you can contact our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com . If you are looking for something like a heavier desk stand, you could buy the AT8601 and then you'd need another thread to make it long enough to give your USB cable clearance from the table. For the adapter you'd want something like the Atlas GN-6.

                              Answered on 5/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                          • Q:

                            How come this device has a low audio recording in win 8.1. But when this was new, it was working fine. is it with the mic or with os only?
                            Asked on 4/2/2016 by jay

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              This could definitely be an issue with the OS. Try a different computer if possible. If the issue is still occuring, give us in Audio-Solution an email at Audio-Solutions@atus.com so we can dive a little deeper.

                              Answered on 4/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                          • Q:

                            Can I purchase parts for this mic? I need a replacement lock/collar nut for attaching mic to stand. Several actually they strip out EASILY!
                            Asked on 3/18/2016 by zeb from United States

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please contact ourParts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 3/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            What windscreen would work best with this mic?
                            Asked on 3/9/2016 by Jon from Oakland, NJ

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              You are looking for the AT8137!

                              Answered on 3/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                          • Q:

                            I recently bought an ATR2500 for use on my Mac (OS 10.11.3). It works fine with Photo Booth but in Skype the audio quality is poor - poorer than the built-in mic.

                            I've tried it with both fixed sound input level and with auto adjust - both muddy. Any tips?
                            Asked on 3/8/2016 by BanjoSteve

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Typically, if the microphone works well with one program, but not another program, then the issue is not the microphone, and is likely a configuration issue.

                              However, for technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                              audio-solutions@atus.com

                              Thanks!

                              Answered on 3/24/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                          • Q:

                            Is there any software that will make this mic more crispy sound when recording?
                            Asked on 3/7/2016 by Ji Ren from Malaysia

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              You may use different audio settings in your recording program.

                              Answered on 3/8/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Hi folks. Does the headphone jack just allow you to monitor what is going into the mic, or can you also monitor what is coming out of the attached computer?

                            I would like to be able to listen to sound coming out of my computer (preferably with headphones that have a 1/8" jack) while recording input from the mic. I can't tell if this mic's headphone jack will let me do that.

                            If not, then does anyone know a way to use a USB mic with a soundcard jack out to the headphones (on windows7/8/10)? I remember trying this in the past, and it not going very well. Windows would want to use the same interface for both input and output.
                            Asked on 2/17/2016 by some guy named Dave

                            2 answers

                            • A:

                              I have done this both on my Mac using Camtasia and on my Windows 7 machine with various software tools. Works great.

                              Answered on 4/22/2016 by Meppe from Des Moines, Iowa
                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 2/18/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            I'm having trouble using this microphone with windows 10. I get a blue light but my computer doesn't recognize the microphone is there anything that I can do to fix it?
                            Asked on 1/3/2016 by thesoaringcow

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              For technical support, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                              audio-solutions@atus.com

                              Thanks!

                              Answered on 1/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
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